The case of Manus Deery, a 15-year-old boy shot dead by a British soldier in 1972, has underlined the importance of holding proper inquests into Troubles-related deaths, regardless of how long ago they occurred.
The outcome of cases involving young people who sustain traumatic brain injuries can be completely unpredictable so there will be enormous relief that Co Down teenager Patrick King has made an excellent recovery after his involvement in a cycling accident last month.
TENSIONS between the western powers and Russia are at an extremely high level following the use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians and a subsequent airstrike by the United States in response.
There will be enormous sympathy for the family of Michaela McAreavey, who travelled back to the scene of her 2011 murder in Mauritius to make an emotional appeal for public help in the stalled investigation.
It can safely be concluded that no other British government minister would want to change places with James Brokenshire, the embattled secretary of state for Northern Ireland who is attempting to start another round of Stormont talks today.